Iraqis stand in line to receive food aid in western Mosul's Zanjili neighbourhood on June 7, 2017, during ongoing battles as Iraqi forces try to retake the city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters. AFP / KARIM SAHIB
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For Umm Mohammad and other residents of areas of war-battered west Mosul recaptured from Daesh (ISIS) militants, this year's Muslim holy month of Ramadan carries a bitter taste.Daesh seized the northern city of Mosul in June 2014 and imposed a brutal form of Islamist rule and a regime of terror on its inhabitants.East Mosul and a large part of the west is now back in government hands.Young volunteers last week handed out 2,000 modest aid packages to inhabitants of areas of west Mosul recaptured by Iraqi forces.For those displaced from Mosul and forced to take refuge in overcrowded camps outside the city, life can be even more treacherous.
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